Justice Rising




Girls living in war zones face great challenges they must learn to overcome daily. For one, there are significantly greater barriers to higher education in war zones. In fact, a girl living in conflict is 90% more likely to be out of secondary school than her counterpart living in areas without war.

We believe that the global community cannot rise above conflict and crises until the same opportunities are afforded to ALL people.

Girls’ education is paramount to overcoming poverty and disrupting cycles of conflict. Justice Rising is committed to working towards equal education access for both girls and boys in emergency contexts around the world.




We can reduce the number of child marriages, in turn decreasing the number of child mothers. In a region where a girl receives seven or more years of education, the wedding date is delayed by four years. (UNPF)


We can reduce infant and child mortality. A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5. And every extra year of education reduces the probability of infant mortality by 5% to 10% (UNESCO)


A girl who completes basic education is three times less likely to contract HIV (Global Campaign for Education)


We can reduce the risk of sex trafficking. Most trafficked women and girls are from poor and uneducated families. (United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human trafficking)


We can boost economies. In a study of 100 countries, every 1% increase in women with secondary education boosted a country’s annual per capita income growth rate by 0.3 percentage points. (World Bank)


Have healthier families. Educated women are more likely to take a greater economic role in their families and communities, and they tend to reinvest 90% of what they earn into their families. (GPE)

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For every extra year of primary education, a girl’s eventual wage rate increases an average of 10% to 20% (World Bank)

We cannot all succeed if half of us are held back.
— Malala Yousafzai

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How is Justice Rising prioritizing girls’ education?

At Justice Rising, we are committed to providing equal access to education for both girls and boys. In each of the communities we work, our team engages local leaders and individual households to not only encourage school enrollment for girls, but also to challenge the low perceived value of girls’ education in rural communities.

Today, we have achieved full gender parity in each of our Ten schools, with equal female representation in both students and faculty. 

In the Middle East, Justice Rising is rebuilding a girls’ secondary school in Northern Iraq and supports girls’ secondary education in Syria.

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